First things first: before you take your new pots and pans out for a spin, make sure to give them a good cleaning to remove any potential manufacturing or packaging residue – that’s extra seasoning no one requested! Cleaning your stainless steel pots and pans will typically require nothing more than warm water, soap, and a soft sponge.
Occasionally, your pots and pans may develop stains or discolorations, or you will find that certain foods or cooking oils get stuck to your pan. This is entirely normal! It’s also easy to remove stains, discolorations, and stuck on food.
Allow The Pan to Cool Down Before Washing:
Adding cold water to hot stainless steel cookware can cause damage. Wait until the pan is cool enough to touch before washing.
*Tip: Although Sardel products and most stainless steel cookware items are dishwasher safe, we always recommend hand washing them to keep them in the best condition.
Use Non-Abrasive Cleaners and Sponges:
Avoid bleach, steel wool, and other abrasive household cleaners, as they can scratch and damage the finish of your cookware. Use warm water, gentle dish soap, and a soft sponge to clean your cookware.
How to Remove Burnt Stains or Stuck-On Food:
Certain foods and cooking oils might get stuck on your pan and be too difficult to remove with water, soap, and a soft sponge. To remove stuck-on food (typically brown or black), add warm, soapy water and a few drops of Bar Keepers Friend powder to the pot or pan. Then, place the pot or pan on the stove over low heat. Use a wooden or silicone utensil to gently scrape away the remaining food. Scrub away any remaining stains or stuck-on food over the sink after removing the pot or pan from the stovetop by using a sponge or paper towel.
How to Remove Discolorations:
All stainless steel cookware will naturally develop discolorations (typically yellow, dark purple, blue or rainbow tints). To remove them, add a small amount of water and few drops of Bar Keepers Friend powder to your pot or pan. Let the mixture sit for 30 seconds and then use a sponge to clean.